Sri Joydeep Ghosh on Surshringar with
Sri Subhen Chatterjee (Tabla)
Sunday, May 2, 5:00 PM


Recital Hall
St. Catherine University,
St. Paul
Joydeep GhoshSubhen Chatterjee

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About the Artists

Pandit Joydeep Ghosh

Pandit Joydeep Ghosh, a Professor of Khairagarh University of India, is hailed as one of India's leading Surshringar artistes of the present generation.
He is a foremost torch bearer of the distinctive Sahajahanpur Gharana, which was founded by the Great Sarod Maestro Late Ustad Mohammed Ameer Khan. He has developed an unbeatable mastery over his instrument and specialized in maintaining the purity of Ragas while displaying the most rare playable materials, which are the assets of his own Gharana.

He initiated his training in Surshringar & Sarod  under the able guidance of the Maestros like Late Pandit Anil Roychowdhury, Late Pandit Radhika Mohan Moitra, and Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta all belonging to Shahajahanpur Gharana. Subsequently Pandit Ghosh was under the tutelage of the versatile Master Pandit Bimalendu Mukherjee, a doyen of the famous Imdadkhani Gharana of Sitar & Surbahar. Under his brilliant guidance, Joydeep has adopted the typical aspects and the special features of Imdadkhani Gharana in his own style. In due course, Joydeep has developed the idea and the technique of playing Surshringar under the expert supervision of Pandit Bimalendu Mukherjee, the rudiments of which trace back to the Great Surshringar maestro, Late Ustad Mohammed Ali Khan of Senia Gharana, and traditionally conveyed to Late Kumar Birendra Kishore Roychowdhury of Gauripur and later to his disciple Pandit Bimalendu Mukherjee.
Pandit Ghosh  has also learned the details of Tala and Laya and its applications in music from Late Pandit Amal Sarkar(Farukhabad Gharana), Ustad Shaukat Ali Khan (Farukhabad & Ajrada Gharana), and Pandit Anil Palit (Benaras Gharana). Pandit Ghosh  has also received his lessons in Vocal Music from the eminent Vocalist Pandit Amaresh Chandra Chaudhury, the noted disciple of the great Veenkar and Dhrupad singer Late Ustad Mohammed Dabir Khan of the famous Senia Gharana.
The total contribution of all the above mentioned great maestros has led him towards a new horizon in both Surshingar & Sarod  playing.

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Pandit Subhen Chatterjee

Subhen Chatterjee, one of the most sensitive tabla players of today, has indeed blossomed into an able and energetic tabaliya who genuinely enjoys his art. He bases his style of playing to Lucknow Gharana that he learnt from his illustrious Guru, tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chowdhury. Not restricting himself to one single Gharana, Subhen went on to learn the intricacies and beauty of other Gharanas that he introduced in his playing and which has made his style of playing so unique and distinctive.

Sri Chatterjee has already accompanied outstanding musicians such as Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Smt. Girija Devi, Pandit Jasraj, Smt. Sobha Gurtu, Pandit V. G. Jog, Pandit Rajan-Sajan Misra, Ustad Rashid Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pandit Viswa Mohan Bhatt, Ustad Ashish Khan, Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, Pandit Manilal Nag, Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan, Sri Ronu Mazumder and many others and has earned a very good name both from the audience as well as the press. Subhen is also a very fine soloist.

Subhen Chatterjee has had the distinction of being one of the very few tabla players to have been participating regularly for the past few years in WOMAD (World Organisation of Music & Dance, founded by renowned singer, song writer, and producer Mr. Peter Gabriel) by collaborating with such distinguished artistes such as Paul Horn (Flautist), Mr. David Crosby (of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fame) etc. Subhen has also created India’s leading fusion band, KARMA (in the year 1985), which is still the only one of its kind from the eastern part of India.

His recent collaboration with renowned percussionist, SIVAMANI, has enabled him to form another unique fusion band called FRIENDS OF DRUMS (F.O.D) whose main objective is to help the lesser known yet very talented musicians sharing stage with renowned ones. F.O.D. has also planned for supporting old and handicapped musicians (financially or otherwise) who had served the music world for years.


About the Venue:

Directions and Parking:

The Recital Hall is located just behind the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium  in the campus of St. Catherine University (2004 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105). The Recital Hall is Building 24 in the campus map (see below).

Driving Directions: 

  • From I-94 going E: Take Cretin Avenue exit. South (right) on Cretin to Randolph Avenue. East (left) on Randolph to Cleveland Avenue intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
  • From I-94 going W: Take Snelling Avenue (US 51) exit. South (left) on Snelling Avenue to Randolph. West (right) on Randoplh to Fairview/Randolph intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
  • From I-35E: Exit on Randolph Avenue. Proceed West to Fairview/Randolph intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
  • From I-35W: Exit on 94 eastbound to Cretin Avenue exit. South on Cretin to Randolph Avenue. East on Randolph to Cleveland Avenue intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.

Gate 3 is located between Cleveland and Fairview and is nearest to the intersection of Randolph and Prior Avenues. The Recital Hall is located right behind the better known O'Shaughnessy auditorium. Parking is free after hours and on weekends.

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IMSOM’s Spring 2010 Concert Series has been supported in part by funds provided by the Xcel Energy “Dollars for Doing” grant, the Honeywell “Dollars for Doers” grant and IMSOM Members and Donors All concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM in Minneapolis 106.7FM in St. Paul ).

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